It goes without sleighing that the act of giving does more than what meets the eye.
Researchers say that generosity Claus-es your brain to release chemicals that give you a sense of joy and connection, leading to less stress and depression.
Generosity is also contagious. So when you give, others around you are also encouraged to give.
And when you give a Taaluma Tote, you take it a step further.
That’s because when you give a Taaluma Tote, you:
1) Support fabric makers in other countries
Like Sergio, our friend from Guatemala. Your tote is constructed of traditional fabric made in your tote's country by a fabric maker living in that country.
2) Provide jobs to fabric cutters and seamstresses in the United States
Like Alvin, who carefully "measures twice, cuts once." Each tote is assembled by hardworking men and women in the United States.
3) Fund microloans for small business owners and farmers around the world
Like Aida, a mother of 5 from Uganda who used her microloan to expand her restaurant along a busy street. She’s used the extra income to provide housing for people in her community while also helping her pay for her children’s tuition.
4) Help communities around the world fight poverty, decrease hunger, ensure health & education, and promote sustainability.
Like "Las 11 Estrellas" and their small village near El Alto, Bolivia. Through the microloan they received, they've been able to grow their blanket business and bring in money to help solve the needs of their community.
But wait—there’s myrrh.
A recent addition to our shop is the Taaluma Bracelet, which:
5) Provides jobs to Refugees who were forced to flee to the United States
Like Omar, who enjoys working with all of our colorful fabrics!
So whether you give a tote or a bracelet this holiday season, you do more than just give a gift. You make a tree-mendous impact, locally and globally, that is felt by a multitude of people.
Here’s to making a difference, especially during the most Pun-derful time of the year, & to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-the Taaluma Team
Wikipedia (ahem, my favorite source) defines “pay it forward” as “an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying the kindness to others instead of to the original benefactor.”
In other words, when someone does something nice for you, you do something nice for someone else, sparking an awesome chain reaction of kindness :)
Season’s greetings to you and your family!
We hope you have a great thyme this season doing your favorite holiday things: from cumin together with your family, to wearing warm and comfy cloves, to chili-ing out and taking some time off to rest. Oh and have fun opening presents too, just remember that “it is always pepper to give than to receive.”
From all of us at Taaluma, we wish you a rose-merry Christmas and a dill-lightful New Year!